18 Dec 2016

Review: Innisfree Eco Safety Daily Sunblock or Daily UV Protection Cream SPF35/PA++


Hi~ I am back with another sunscreen review! I hope you guys aren't too fed up with my obsession of finding the best sunscreen. But sunscreen is something that I finish the quickest and there are honestly tonnes of sunscreen out there in the market. Innisfree is one such brand that always comes out with newer and fancier sunscreen.

10 different Innisfree sunscreens serving different functions, skin types and environments

This Innisfree Eco Safety Daily Sunblock I bought a few months ago all the sudden becomes an outdated folk sitting dismally in the wardrobe when Innisfree repackage and relaunch its sunscreen range.



But after comparing further, I realize that although the packagings are different, their ingredients are more or less the same. So this review remains relevant (at least to some degree) for all of you who are considering getting Innisfree sunscreen.





Innisfree categories their sunscreens by using different types of containers. Water-based, lighter and more refreshing ones are those in round bottles whereas wider protection, moisturizing and heavier ones are packaged using flatter bottles.

The one I got is a water-base, mild protection, creamier textured sunscreen for daily uses, specifically designed for office ladies with normal to dry skin. Combination skin can use this as well if you are living in a colder environment.


According to Innisfree official website, this is a "daily sunblock" made of organic sunflower oil and green tea extract. It's fast-absorbing and long lasting with SPF35 and PA++. It also contains fermented yeast extract to protect the skin from pollutants and other harmful substances. It's free of mineral oil, animal ingredients, synthetic fragrance, tar colour and talc.


As you can see, the sunscreen has a creamy, lotion-like texture but is relatively fast-absorbing and non-heavy compared to other sunscreens. It doesn't leave any white cast unless if have darker skin tone. And even if it does, the white cast will dissipate very quickly. However, it does leave a tacky, semi-matte finish after patting for absorption. As for the scent, it smells like a blend of Innisfree unique fragrance and sunflower seed oil. Not unpleasant though. I kinda like the scent of this sunscreen.

INGREDIENTS

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Dimethicone, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octocrylene, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, The green Tea Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Witch Hazel Leaf Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Tangerine Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carbomer, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

the renewed version but similar properties, ingredients and functionality


A typical ingredients list for Innisfree products. First we have the sun filters, then some botanical extracts and lastly some texture ingredients (surfactants, moisturizers, solvents, preservatives, etc).

Sunscreen actives or filters used here are octinoxate, octisalate, amiloxate, titanium dioxide, octocrylene, and tinosorb S. Most sunscreen actives here are meant to filter out UVB, the reasons that cause tanning and darker skin. So we have titanium dioxide and tinosorb S to compliment the lack of UVA protection, which is my our concern - against hyperpigmentation and aging.

And then we have the Innisfree Jeju Essences - cactus extract, green tea extract, tangerine peel extract and orchid extract. These are powerful antioxidants against aging, hyperpigmentation and dryness. And then we have some non-commonly found extracts in Innisfree products - green purslane, biosaccharide gum-1, witch hazel extract, sunflower seed oil, and fermented yeast extract. Green purslane is a great source of anti-inflammatory, skin lightening and wrinkles improving ingredients. It is also known as the longevity herb in Chinese herb due to its enormous vitality. Biosaccharide gum-1 is a moisturizer whereas witch hazel extract is known for its skin healing and pores controlling properties. Sunflower seed oil is very commonly found in sunscreen. It is non-volatile oil used as an emollient in cosmetics with the ability to repair skin’s barrier and revert UV damages. The added fermented yeast extract is used to compliment the functions of sunflower seed oil.

Sounds like a great blend of quality ingredients against UV damages.

CONCLUSION


Innisfree sunscreen is perhaps one of the best you can find in the affordable categories. They have different ones for dry skin, oily skin, outdoor, indoor, waterproof, non-waterproof, spray, stick, cream, gel, and even a summer-edition with higher SPF60 and SPF100 protection (by law, Korean sunscreens cannot be higher than SPF50 you see so they have to make subtle hint in the labeling).

Anyhow, I really enjoy this one although I still find it on the heavier side. I think most skin types will like it. It is the kind of sunscreens you can carry around in your bag and reapplying as you like. Besides, at RM 37, it is not a very expensive sunscreen either, given the ingredients and functions. Although I wouldn't repurchase this particular one, but I'm looking forward to try out other Innisfree sunscreens.

About: sunscreen
Properties: moisturizing, mild sun protection, long-lasting, anti-aging
Best suited for: normal to dry skin
May not suit: individuals constantly expose to sunlight; active outdoor type; those with oilier skin

packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★★☆
texture: ★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★☆
efficacy: ★★★★ 
overall impression: ★★★☆ (pretty good but still a little bit heavy for my liking)

You can get this from: discontinued but you can get its alternative at Innisfree Malaysia
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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